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The Best Ways to Respond to Adult CyberBullying

The Best Ways to Respond to Adult CyberBullying

Bullies often suffer from low self-esteem and they want to feel better about themselves by hurting others.

You must be aware that you do not need to make a mistake online to end up being the target of cyberbullying.  In addition, try not to take any of their comments personally.

• Block the bully’s social media profile or account
• Report the user to site administration
• Try switching off for a little while
• Take screen shots and keep messages as evidence
• If abuse and harassment continues, report to police

On Anton Hout’s website he stresses that the first and most important step is to Not Respond to the Cyber Bully’s Attacks. Do not reply to emails, posts, IM’s or text messages. This is what the bully wants. They want you to engage with them. They want to manipulate you into responding.

If you respond in any way that is emotional or lets them know that they are getting to you and are able to make you upset it only encourages the cyber bully.

Remember, bullies often suffer from low self-esteem and they want to feel better about themselves. Instead of doing something positive or succeeding at something or making a new friend a bully has learned to make themselves feel better by controlling, abusing and tearing down others. This gives them a sense of control and power they don’t have in their lives. Most bullies are actually quite weak and the same is true of cyber bullies.  http://www.overcomebullying.org/cyber-bullying.html

What have you done to stop cyberbullying?

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